Thursday, January 22, 2015

Putin Conspiracy Theorists Strike Again - On US Public TV (PBS) » American University in Moscow

Gilbert Doctorow, Ph.D.

Gilbert Doctorow is a Research Fellow of the American University in Moscow

• The segment's shocking revelations are nothing more than uncritical regurgitations from Karen Dawisha’s hit piece Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?
• Obligatory tears for Khodorkovsky, of course
• There's even some word salad tossed by The Economist's Edward Lucas
• A serious embarrassment for PBS. They are usually able to rise above this kind of Russia mud-slinging so prevalent in the mainstream media.

The just released Frontline program "Putin’s Way” is a masterpiece of the western "Czar Putin" campfire story, destilled to perfection.

In the segment, PBS chucks its coveted journalistic guidelines straight out the window, relying almost entirely on worn-out speculation and bogeyman fairytales peddled by the likes of The Economist's Putin-hater-in-chief, Edward Lucas.

The accusations made are not even groundbreaking; the program, from start to finish, is a spectacular promotional piece for Karen Dawisha’s book Putin’sKleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?, the narrative of which it follows closely while even giving us cameo appearances by the author.

This show comes on top of a lengthy feature review of the book by Washington Post blowhard Anne Applebaum, which was published last week in The New York Review of Books.

Hats off to Dawisha and her agent: this type of promotion sure beats signing ceremonies at bookstores.

Complete story at - Putin Conspiracy Theorists Strike Again - On US Public TV (PBS) » American University in Moscow

Me propaganda CorporateNews

No comments:

Post a Comment

All comments subject to moderation.

Recommended Reading via Amazon

If you're seeking more information about how the world really works, and not how the media would want you to believe it works, these books are a good start. These are all highly recommended.

If you don't see pictures above, you likely have an adblocker running.  If so, here are the links.

1. The Shock Doctrine - Naomi Klein
2. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man - John Perkins
3. Manufacturing Consent - Edward Herman, Noam Chomsky
4. Gladio - NATO's Dagger at the Heart of Europe - Richard Cottrell
5. Profit Over People - Noam Chomsky
6. Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives - Stephen Cohen
7. The Divide - American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap - Matt Taibbi

How this works.  Follow one of the links.  Should you decide to buy that item, or any item, I get a small percentage, which helps to maintain this site.  Your cost is the same, whether you buy from my link or not.  But if the item remains in the cart too long, I don't get a thing.  
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...